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DSP leadership's sectarian myopia in its alternate universe

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  • bobgould987
    DSP leadership s sectarian myopia in its alternate universe By Bob Gould A few days is a long time in politics. A week or so ago a friend described to me the
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 17, 2006
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      DSP leadership's sectarian myopia in its alternate universe

      By Bob Gould

      A few days is a long time in politics. A week or so ago a friend
      described to me the NSW conference of the Socialist Alliance, held at
      the DSP headquarters, which seats comfortably maybe 50 people in its
      meeting room.

      It was an all-in conference, all members of the Socialist Alliance
      were invited, and all present could vote. According to my informant
      almost everyone who attended was a member of the DSP. The exceptions
      were one member of the ISO and a couple of independents.

      The vote to select the ticket for the state elections involved 27
      people. The event is reported in the October 10 Green Left Weekly
      http://www.greenleft.org.au/back/2006/687/687p7.htm under the
      headline: "Socialist Alliance challenges pro-business Labor".

      Judging by the headline and the content of the article, the DSP's only
      enemy is the Labor Party.
      No mention of any element of contradiction for the DSP leadership.
      There's not even much mention of the reactionary Liberal government,
      and certainly no evidence of any united front approach, as might be
      expressed in a slogan such as: "Vote for the Socialist Alliance but
      keep the Liberals out."
      Just the politically myopic emphasis of the 27 members of the
      Socialist Alliance (for practical purposes read DSP) challenging
      pro-business Labor.

      This is all in the broad political context where it is obvious from
      the bourgeois media that the large majority of the assorted factions
      and committees of the ruling class want to remove the state Labor
      government as part of the drive to crush the trade unions nationally.

      The last few days haven't been very kind to the DSP leadership on
      these matters. The reactionary Tory coalition in NSW is in deep
      internal strife because of a ferocious drive by reactionary,
      right-wing Christians (Opus Dei and others) to turn the Liberal Party
      into a something like the extreme right-wing Christian
      evangelical-dominated Republican Party in the US.

      None of these developments seem to interest the DSP because they don't
      fit in with exposing the Labor Party.

      To make matters even worse, from the point of view of the Boyleites'
      inveterate sectarianism towards Labor, in the federal parliament this
      week, bitter political war has broken out, with the Labor front bench
      belligerently reasserting Labor's pledge to withdraw Australian troops
      from Iraq and the Tory government desperately defending the Iraq war.

      In addition, a few days ago, Tony Burke, the newish Labor shadow
      minister for immigration, publicly announced that he has achieved the
      necessary agreement from ALP committees to proclaim the abolition of
      temporary protection visas for refugees as Labor policy, a very
      progressive step indeed.

      None of these developments warrant any mention from the DSP
      leadership, because obviously they don't fit the DSP leadership's
      sectarian construct.

      Glparramatta still trawls the web for anything he can find to cast the
      Labor Party in a bad light, but he doesn't say a word about any useful
      steps the Labor Party takes.

      The DSP leadership has no intention of prosecuting any careful united
      front tactic towards Labor. Crazy, rabid exposure is the only note in
      its increasingly eccentric political repertoire.
    • alanb1000
      ... Frankly, Bob, I can t see any good reason for any such slogan. I know that they are traditional within the Australian Trotskyist movement, but I haven t
      Message 2 of 3 , Oct 17, 2006
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        "bobgould987" wrote:
        > There's not even much mention of the reactionary Liberal government,
        > and certainly no evidence of any united front approach, as might be
        > expressed in a slogan such as: "Vote for the Socialist Alliance but
        > keep the Liberals out."

        Frankly, Bob, I can't see any good reason for any such slogan.

        I know that they are traditional within the Australian Trotskyist
        movement, but I haven't seen anything to indicate that they are
        actually useful. They have, as far as I am aware, neither contributed
        substantially to maximising the left's vote, nor to keeping the
        Liberals out.

        In short, they are a useless custom - a meaningless act of piety.

        ...

        Overall, of course, I think our campaigns should (at the present at
        least) be mainly about popularising our policies and their underlying
        politics, not about attacking our opponents. But we shouldn't be, or
        have to be, frightened of or reluctant to do that when it is
        appropriate.

        Alan B
      • glparramatta
        ... According to my informant ... independents...Glparramatta still trawls the web for anything he can find to cast the Labor Party in a bad light, but he
        Message 3 of 3 , Oct 17, 2006
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          --- In GreenLeft_discussion@yahoogroups.com, "bobgould987"
          <bobgould987@...> wrote:
          >
          > DSP leadership's sectarian myopia in its alternate universe
          >
          > By Bob Gould
          >
          > A few days is a long time in politics. A week or so ago a friend
          > described to me the NSW conference of the Socialist Alliance ...
          According to my informant
          > almost everyone who attended was a member of the DSP. The exceptions
          > were one member of the ISO and a couple of
          independents...Glparramatta still trawls the web for anything he can
          find to cast the
          Labor Party in a bad light, but he doesn't say a word about any useful
          steps the Labor Party takes.
          >
          >

          You need to get some better ``informants'', ones who can either count
          and/or know who are actually members of the DSP. Funnily enough, I
          pass on a lot of the reports about ALP disgraces from the ALP soapbox
          list. In general, I don't need to ``trawl'' for them, there are so
          many of them they ``wash up on the beach'', to stretch the analogy.

          Norm.
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